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PF&R Incident Statistics: March 27 - June 2, 2012

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Incident Statistics: 

Total Incidents: 1,339

Medical: 1,096

Fire: 43

Other: 200

Major Incidents: 7 (further information provided below) 

  • 05/28/12@ 1026 hrs, Dive Incident, Columbia River @ Mile Marker 119 (Camas), assist Clark County in searching for missing boater.  No one found.
  • 05/28/12@ 1807 hrs, Residential Fire, 3300 block of N Baldwin St. Loss: $12,000 Cause: Heat source too close to combustible materials.
  • 05/28/12@ 2114 hrs, Residential Fire, 10600 block of NE Morris St.  Loss: $65,000 Cause: Combustibles too close to heat source.
  • 05/29/12@ 0515 hrs, Residential Fire, 5900 block of SE Harney Dr.  Loss: $40,000 Cause: Under investigation.  One civilian with a minor burn.
  • 05/29/12@ 1227 hrs, TR1, 10000 block of SE Division St.  4 yr old child fell out of 2nd story window, transported to local hospital.
  • 05/30/12@ 1032 hrs, HazMat III, 2700 block of SE 6th Ave. Chemical leak with unknown number of civilians transported to area hospitals.
  • 06/01/12@ 1154 hrs, 2nd Alarm Commercial Fire, 2700 block of SE 6th Ave. Loss: Undetermined at this time.  Cause: Under investigation. Minor FF injury treated at scene. 

NEWS RELEASE 06/04/12: Community and Media Invited to Attend Swearing-In Ceremony for New Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens

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June 4, 2012

1:54 PM

Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider will soon have a new Fire Chief.

This Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Fire Chief John Klum will pass on the command of PF&R to current Fire Marshal Erin Janssens at a swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall, 1120 SW 4th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  

Janssens brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having worked at every ranked level of Portland Fire.  A Portland-area native, Erin joined PF&R as a firefighter in 1988 and was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief of Special Operations, and most recently Portland’s Fire Marshal.    

Over the course of her career, Janssens has worked collaboratively with multiple agencies to improve PF&R’s emergency response efforts relative to lightrail, streetcar, and bicycle/pedestrian projects, green streets, and emergency response routes. She oversaw the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grant securing millions of dollars for regional firefighting equipment and chaired a regional group of fire chiefs to develop response strategies for human-caused and natural disasters. Erin also played an instrumental role in the transition of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) from PF&R under the Office of Mayor Katz.

"Portland Fire & Rescue has an incredibly talented and highly trained group of people that I’m extremely proud of.  Our job is two-fold; to create a safe environment for Portland’s citizens and protect life and property by helping people in their greatest time of need," Janssens has noted. "As Fire Chief, I face both challenges and opportunities.  I look forward to leading Portland Fire & Rescue to a successful future."

Citizens and the media are invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony.  A reception will follow immediately in the City Hall Atrium.

About Portland Fire & Rescue

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) promotes a safe work environment for all people who live and work in Portland and the surrounding areas. PF&R is Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider.  We provide an extensive range of public safety services including fire prevention, public education, response to fire, medical, and other emergency incidents, and disaster mitigation.   

PF&R operates 30 engine companies, nine truck companies, two fireboats, four rescues, and three squad units, including two specialized units for Chemical and Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) response, and a specialized unit for Hazardous Materials (HazMat).  These units allow PF&R firefighters to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Emergency response is provided from 30 stations, which are strategically located throughout the City of Portland to maximize resources and provide the quickest possible response times.

Learn more about Portland Fire at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire

NEWS RELEASE 06/04/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Announces Fleet Week News Conference

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June 4, 2012

5:00 PM

What: Fleet week news conference

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time: 10:45AM

Where: Oregon Room - Two World Trade Center - Mezzanine Level

121 SW Salmon St, 2WTC, Portland OR 97204

Why: This news conference provides the latest berthing plan and other new information, along with the opportunity to ask questions of Portland Fire & Rescue's Harbor Master, the United States Navy, Portland Rose Festival Association, Multnomah County Sheriff's River Patrol. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Tri-Met, and Multnomah County Bridges are also scheduled to attend. Included will be the most recently updated timeline for arrival of the fleet. Special guests will include representatives from Save The PT Boat Inc., who plan on displaying their restored PT 658 during Fleet Week.�@

NEWS RELEASE 06/05/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighters Kept Busy into the Early Morning Hours at Two Working Fires; One Resident Carried to Safety

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June 5, 2012

11:07 AM

Firefighters from several downtown companies responded to the first fire at 8:42 pm. Several calls were received at Fire Alarm Dispatch reporting an apartment fire at the Lovejoy Station apartment complex. Lovejoy Station is located on 1040 NW 10th and is fully occupied with over 180 units. Firefighters would soon learn that several of the units were occupied by mobility impaired individuals. Truck 3 (Northwest/Pearl District) arrived first on-scene, confirmed a working fire in a third story apartment, and passed command so that they could commence rescue and fire. Deputy Chief John Harding, working his last night on the line before promoting to the position of Fire Marshal, assumed command of the growing incident.

Before firefighters could reach the apartment of origin, heat from the fire caused the windows to burst from the unit. A fire sprinkler activated and held the fire in check until interior crews could reach the fire moments later.

Firefighters working to reach the fire progressed to the third floor against a steady stream of evacuating residents. As firefighters from additional companies approached the building, they received reports that some occupants were still inside--in wheelchairs, and unable to evacuate. Firefighters encountered one such occupant on the third floor stairwell landing; understanding the immediacy of the situation, firefighters chose to carry the occupant, in her wheelchair, to the ground floor.

Most occupants on the floors above had evacuated; some chose not exit assuming the alarm was false--others, mobility impaired--could not. Occasional false alarms can be frustrating; however, it is crucial that all who are able to evacuate during an alarm do. When the alarms are not false, as was the case last evening, firefighters are forced to spend precious time informing able-bodied individuals to exit--this impedes the rescue of those in need.

Fire attack crews extinguished the fire in little time and went to work ventilating the structure with fresh air. Firefighters reached those who were unable to evacuate on the 2nd and 4th floors, deciding to shelter them in place. Sheltering-in-place is chosen when individuals cannot self-evacuate and are not in immediate danger. These residents, who called 9-1-1 to inform firefighters that they were trapped, acted wisely; information is vital during emergencies--by reporting their location the occupants were quickly reached, their situation assessed, and appropriate actions taken to ensure their safety.

Fire cause and damage estimates are currently pending; this information will be released upon completion of the fire investigation.

A second fire was called at 2:46 am and firefighters responded to the address at 8924 S.E. Claybourne. Firefighters from Engine 11 (Lents) arrived and discovered an abandoned home, secured from trespass with boards covering the doors and windows. Heavy smoke was issuing from the roof. Firefighters, using axes and chainsaws, gained access to the structure and extinguished the fire inside. This fire was recalled at 4:45 am.

Investigators estimate damage to the building at $40,000 and fire cause will be released upon completion of the fire investigation.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported as a result of either fire.

Home Oxygen Safety

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June 5, 2012 -- The use of home-based and portable oxygen systems in the home continues to increase. Sources suggest it’s mostly due to a growing older adult population, shorter hospital stays, and more advanced home healthcare services. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) wants you know that it is important to understand how oxygen can contribute to home fires. Under normal circumstances, room air contains approximately 21% oxygen. Oxygen can steep into clothing, fabric, hair, and beards. Contrary to popular belief, oxygen is not flammable but can cause other flammable materials to ignite more easily and to burn more quickly. Oxygen is of great benefit to those home healthcare patients in need of supplemental oxygen therapy. Please remember, however, that oxygen should always be handled with caution and complete awareness of potential hazards. Oxygen can be used safely at home. Click here to access suggested guidelines for home oxygen use and protect yourself and your family today!